When Diego Sanchez first dropped to the lightweight division, he won two bouts and was awarded a title bout with BJ Penn. Sanchez would lose the bout and return to the welterweight division. Now having returned to the lightweight division, Sanchez is hopeful it's just two wins and he'll have another shot at the lightweight title, now held by Anthony Pettis:
"Gilbert Melendez is my golden ticket," Sanchez declared on Wednesday. "I've done it before. I fought two fights in 2009 at 155. Straight to the belt.
"(Melendez) has never been stopped. He avenged two of his three losses. His only loss is to Benson Henderson in a split decision that I felt went his way, so in a way I'm fighting a guy who's almost untainted. And if I go in there, and I stop this guy, I think it makes a real case for a title shot."
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